Paul Hardin Kapp is Associate Professor of Architecture. He has taught historic preservation in architecture at Illinois for the past eleven years. He teaches the following courses: ARCH 574-Historic Preservation Design Studio; ARCH 419-Historic Building Preservation; ARCH 518-Conservation of Building Materials; and ARCH 519-Recording Historic Buildings. His students have placed twice in the Charles E. Peterson Prize for Measured Drawings for the Historic American Buildings Survey and they have placed twice in the Students for Classical Architecture Competition. He is the Associate Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and he is a Recognized Lecturer at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to his tenure at Illinois, he was a Lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also the University’s historic architect from 2002-2008. Professor Kapp is an NEH Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a James Marston Fitch Midcareer Fellow, and a Charles E. Peterson Fellow.

He co-edited and contributed with Paul J. Armstrong for the edited book: SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012), which won the Historic Preservation Book Award from the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington and was recognized as a Choice Best Academic Book Title in 2013. He is the author of The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2015). He has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on historic preservation, conservation, and heritage management.

Professor Kapp has been the chair of the National Council for Preservation Education and is currently the editor of Preservation Education and Research—the Journal of the National Council for Preservation Education. He also serves on the editorial board of Built Heritage. He was a reviewer for the Fulbright Commission in 2015 and 2017. He is a member of the advisory boards for the American College of the Building Arts and the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Kapp has acted as an adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation; he served on the National Register of Historic Places review panels in Illinois and Virginia. He continues to serve as a member of the Sustainability Committee for the Association for Preservation Technology. Professor Kapp is a licensed architect in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. His architecture designs have received awards from the James River Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia (now part of APVA), the Association of General Contractors of East Tennessee, and the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.

In 2020, Professor Kapp will be a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State where he will research and advise on the treatment of historic embassies and consulates from around the world.


M.S., Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania; 1992
B.Arch, Cornell University; 1990